Armand Guillaumin

Artist: Guillaumin, Armand

Armand Guillaumin
Armand Guillaumin

Movement(s): Impressionism

Armand Guillaumin (1841 – 1927) was a French impressionist painter and lithographer. Born Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin in Paris, he worked at his uncle’s lingerie shop while attending evening drawing lessons. He also worked for a French government railway before studying at the Academie Suisse in 1861.

There, he met Paul Cezanne and Camille Pissarro with whom he maintained lifelong friendships. While he never achieved the stature of these two, his influence on their work was significant. Cezanne attempted his first etching based on Guillaumin paintings of barges on the River Seine.

In 1886, he became a friend of Vincent van Gogh whose brother, Theo sold some of his works. He was finally able to quit his government job and concentrate on painting full-time in 1891, when he won 100,000 francs in the state lottery. Noted for their intense colours, Guillaumin’s paintings are represented in major museums around the world.

He is best remembered for his landscapes of Paris, the Creuse departement, and the area around Les Adrets-de-l’Esterel near the Mediterranean coast in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region of France. Guillaumin was called the leader of the Ecole de Crozant, a diverse group of painters who came to depict the landscape in the region of the Creuse around the village of Crozant.

Click here to read more of Guillaumin’s bio on Wikipedia.

Guillaumin painted all over France. Here are most of the places he painted in (a link “⇠” to his works will appear when published):

  • Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
    • Peschadoires
    • Pontcharra
    • Pontgibaud
  • Bourgogne-Franche-Comte (Burgundy)
    • Saint-Pere
  • Normandy
  • Nouvelle-Aquitaine
    • Crozant
    • Poitiers
    • Saint-Palais
  • Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur
    • Agay
    • Esterel
    • Saint-Raphael
    • Saint-Tropez

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